Nevada County residents will have the opportunity to add a horse or burro to their families when the United States Bureau of Land Management brings its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program to the Nevada County Horsemen's Association.
The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at 10600 Bubbling Well Road (off Brunswick Road) in Grass Valley.
The event will be open. Adoptions begin with silent bidding from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Animals not taken during bidding will be available for a $125 adoption fee.
The BLM will offer about 10 halter-gentled horses, mostly yearlings, and two burros for public adoption. They are being trained by volunteers including Michele DeCamp of Penn Valley.
The horses are from herd management areas in Northeastern California and Northwestern Nevada. Burros (or donkeys) came from Southern California deserts.
All available animals have received de-worming treatments and vaccinations for West Nile virus, rabies and common equine diseases, and they have tested negative on the Coggins test. Adopters receive complete health records for their animals.
To qualify, adopters must be at least 18 years old and have no convictions for inhumane treatment of animals. BLM staff members will interview all prospective adopters to be sure they meet the BLM adoption requirements.
Title to adopted wild horses and burros remains with the federal government for one year. After providing a year of good care, adopters can receive title. The BLM or a representative will check on the condition of the animal during the adoption period.
Wild horses and burros are protected by the federal Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law requires the BLM to manage the wild herds.
The BLM periodically gathers horses and burros to control herd populations on ranges shared with wildlife and domestic livestock. Herd sizes are controlled to ensure animals have sufficient feed and water and that natural resources are not over-used.
About 37,000 wild horses and burros roam on public rangelands in the western states. Almost 225,000 animals have been placed in private care since the BLM's Adopt a Horse or Burro Program began in the early 1970s.
For more information on the adoption event or wild horse management, contact the BLM toll free at (866) 4MUSTANGS or the Litchfield Corrals at (530) 254-6575. Information is also available at www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov